Daily Devotions

Archive for September, 2014

Little Made Sufficient

loaves fishes

 

Just because we do not deliver or give at the same level or in the same manner as someone else, does not mean that we hold back what God has for us to release. The little boy did not hold back his little lunch of loaves and fishes just because it wasn’t sufficient in the eyes of some. He didn’t withdraw saying, “This won’t do any good.” He released it and Jesus took the little and made it sufficient for many.

 “He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much…” (Lk.16:10a, Amp)

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Atmosphere

fanblowing

I remember once that a spirit of depression came into the house.  It was almost visible like a cloud of fog. Marty and I both noticed the plaguing presence and realized neither of us were down or worried so that we had generated such a downer-atmosphere.  (One sign you are dealing with a spirit is they are irrational and cannot be explained through logical processing.)  That spirit had come in trying to contaminate the air to influence our mood or conversation so that we would give agreement to legalize its presence and agenda.  This is why the air is a crucial battlefield.  It is  unseen, yet present, so we must learn to discern and pick up on what has blown in.  When we are conscious of these things then we can counter them.  If we don’t discern it, we can add to the toxicity of the air because we allow our moods or thoughts or words to just go with the flow.  That is coming under the influence of the air and that is agreement that empowers it’s agenda.  We have to discern and refuse to agree through our reactions or words or moods. 

(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Clear The Air” which was published in Volume 18 Issue 4 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Strengthen The Weak

help someone up

 

As the people of God assemble today, may they lift up and strengthen the hands
that hang down and are tired; may they strengthen the knees that are weak and
trembling from heavy loads and stress. May many leave the meeting and go into
the coming week with strength and encouragement from their brothers’ and
sisters’ words and prayers.

“Give strength to hands that are tired and to knees that tremble with weakness.
4  Tell everyone who is discouraged, “Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming
to your rescue, coming to punish your enemies.” (Isa.35:3-4, GNT)


Cleanse You Of Toxins

Blood System

 

 

 

May the Lord cleanse your body of
harmful toxins and clean your blood system.

“…if they drink any deadly poison, it will
not hurt them…”(Mk.16:18b, GW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Below is the link to a prophetic song Melissa
at Grace International. We pray you
are encouraged as you listen.
“LET IT RAIN” 


Setting An Atmosphere

Do we set a bad atmosphere with our thoughts or emotions or words, or does the atmosphere hunt us down to dictate our thoughts or emotions or words?  I believe the answer is both.  We certainly have the ability to create an atmosphere for ourselves and everyone around us.  One person’s impatience in a waiting room can have everyone tense and walking on fog treeseggshells in a matter of seconds.  One person’s panic can clear a room.  Our expectations, meditations, fears or our mouthing against self can fill the air until it is lethal.  However, not only people are able to condition an atmosphere.  The devil is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph.2:2) for a reason.  He is skilled at blowing in a foul wind to influence people and situations.  The Old Testament word “ruach” is translated “spirit” most often, but it means “wind” or “breath”.  In the New Testament, the same word is “pneuma”.  A spirit or wind can carry a contradiction to the will of God into an atmosphere by blowing in a lie or fear or threat or opinion or accusation, etc.   The air becomes its infected storage place so that it can affect and influence thoughts and feelings when it finds an advantage, an open window.   Just as we breathe in air unconsciously, we can also come under the influence of what’s in the air  unconsciously.   It can become an influence over our emotions and thoughts and decisions. 
(This is the fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Clear The Air” which was published in Volume 18 Issue 4 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


A Positive Outlook

霞光


May the people of God develop the habit of
interjecting a positive outlook when we
discover ourselves in the midst of mindless
and hopeless drivel. 

“When everything was hopeless, Abraham
believed anyway, deciding to live not on the
basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on
what God said He would do. ” (Rom.4:18a, Msg)


Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Band
Worship Tracks 1 and 2 from SEEC Kingdom Conference 2014
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2014-04-07T20_31_18-07_00
Sound is best enjoyed with earbuds or headphones.*


Defining Moments

treeWhen I heard “and the moment before” it was one of those defining moments that declares God is in charge and that He has the last word on all that concerns me.  (The fact that He takes time to define a moment in our life is a shot of impacting love.)  Those defining moments bring a clarity that pierces every other influence we may be under.  The subtle snare is how easy it is to come under the influence of a thought, an emotion or an atmosphere and be in agreement before we even realize we had a choice not to.  Recently, I realized this as I was packing to leave for a few days of meetings.  The phone rang and the host pastor mentioned something in passing that really had nothing to do with the meetings, but it bothered me.  My excitement for the trip was slammed.  A slammed, emotional state is an open window for an unwanted wind of influence to enter and preside.  Of course, we can choose not to allow the influence over our mood or our day, but emotion can swing from excitement to dread so quickly that the will does not get involved until it too is under the same influence.  Then once the mind is under the influence of a negative atmosphere, it is amazing how your whole world is suddenly mulligrub grey.
(This is the third excerpt from Kathy’s article “Clear The Air” which was published in Volume 18 Issue 4 of their ministry magazine SEEC Magazine. Excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)